Chatham Park Summer Activities

Chatham Park is focused on providing its residents a high quality of life in all aspects from working and learning to relaxing and playing! There are many fun and exciting options this summer within Chatham Park and the Pittsboro area for people and families in all stages of life to enjoy. Whether you like to hike, swim, or just relax, we have found the perfect places and activities to explore in and around our neighborhood.

Knight Farm Community Park: Memorial Day weekend 2021 saw the dedication ceremony of Knight Farm Community Park, the first of many recreational parks and open spaces planned within Chatham Park. Just down the street from our Information Center, the park has already become an inviting staple in our development. The 10-acre park integrates natural materials repurposed from the site’s former farmland into its Natureground play area, a spacious dog park, and the measured walking trail around its perimeter. Knight Farm Community Park offers several fun activities for kids of all ages, including a large splash pad where colorful water fountains cool you off. Other activities include whimsical playhouse equipment, a dragon-shaped climbing gym, a large multi-use field, a musical chime garden, and a covered pavilion with public restrooms and picnic tables. Walkable to downtown Pittsboro, Knight Farm Community Park is definitely the only one of its kind in Chatham County!

Downtown Pittsboro: When you live in the Vineyards at Chatham Park, you get much more than just beautiful scenery and neighborhood parks. You also get an intimate community that is within walking distance to the charming historic streets of downtown Pittsboro. Watch the daybreak over the iconic Chatham County Courthouse and clocktower while you munch on a freshly baked treat from Willy’s Cinnamon Rolls Etc.
Stroll quaint stores like New Horizons Downtown or French Connections where you can find everything from outdoor apparel and gear to jewelry, antiques, handmade crafts, and more. Pick up a meal and head home with authentic farm-to-table flavors from Angelina’s Kitchen. This Pittsboro staple creates Greek and New Mexican inspired dishes using local farm produce and meats. There are also family-friendly opportunities held throughout the season that you will not want to miss! For more ways that you can enjoy downtown living just steps away from your front door, visit the downtown Pittsboro website for summer activities and events.

Chatham Beverage District: Located at 220 Lorax Lane in Pittsboro, less than 2 miles from Chatham Park Information Center, Chatham Beverage District is a 17-acre campus dedicated to hand-crafted libations and local eats. Fair Game Beverage Co., Chatham Cider Works, Starlight Mead, and Copeland Springs Farm & Kitchen are permanent residents of the district, offering tastings and tours of their award-winning products and processes. Hand-crafted, small-batch, and local spirits, wines, and ciders pair perfectly with the organic and sustainable kitchen fares provided by Copeland Springs. Rent a bicycle, join an axe-throwing contest, or try your tasty treats at the picnic tables located throughout the campus. Check out their website for each vendors’ hours and events.

Bynum Front Porch: Bynum, NC is a former mill town located on the Haw River. To preserve the old general store and post office, residents created a non-profit music and story-telling series centered on the front porch, a part of homes where many southern Americans gathered for conversation and song with their neighbors and families during hot summer evenings. On Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the summer, you can attend a free music concert or hear family-friendly lore shared from the porch stage. On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, the Bluegrass Circle Jam invites all levels of musicians and their instruments to join the acoustic porch pickin’ from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Storytelling night occurs on the 2nd Saturday from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Make sure to carry some cash to put in the hat when it gets passed around, as this is a completely donation-funded community event. 

Lower Haw River State Natural Area: With over 1,000 acres of preservation land, the Lower Haw River has hiking and running trails, canoe and kayak launches, top-rated bird watching and photography scenes, and is home to several endangered species and habitats. The Haw River Trail has two trailhead accesses and several miles of pathway inside Chatham County and makes up part of the 70-mile mixed use trail running from Haw River State Park to Jordan Lake Recreation Area. This hiking trail combines with the well-known Mountains-To-Sea trail and follows the Haw River down to Jordan Lake. 

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area:  Jordan Lake is another popular destination near Chatham Park where many Triangle area residents enjoy spending their summer weekends. The state park offers hundreds of RV and tent camping sites, as well as playgrounds and swim beaches. Several boat ramps and a canoe/kayak launch get busy during the hotter months of the year, and anchoring in a quiet cove for floating or grilling is a favorite pastime for motorboaters. Water sports such as skiing, jet skiing, and knee-boarding are also excellent ways to enjoy a day on Jordan Lake. There are rental and excursion companies throughout the Triangle that provide RV and/or boat rentals, or even a guided boat or kayak trip for those unfamiliar with the area. Fishing is done year-round from one of the many docks or on the banks under the shade of trees. Designated swim areas are safely roped off and located close to the playgrounds and picnic tables for a convenient kid-friendly outing. 

Chatham Park is honored to provide a community that is convenient to an array of fun, family-friendly activities this summer. Whether you are a current or future resident of Chatham Park or just passing through, we hope that you will take advantage of these area attractions and make your summer of 2021 unforgettable! 


Fresh off the Farm! Farmers Markets near Chatham Park

Chatham Park residents have several options for farm fresh produce in Pittsboro, NC. Two farmers markets in downtown Pittsboro, and another located in Fearrington Village, offer organic, non-GMO, sustainably and regeneratively grown produce and ethically raised meat and dairy products.  In addition to weekly markets with numerous vendors on site, local farms make use of Community Sustained Agriculture (CSA) methods. CSA farms allow community members to buy a “share” of the crop and then receive once-a-week portions of the farm’s harvest.

The Pittsboro Farmers Market, located downtown on East St., has been a staple for the Pittsboro community and surrounding areas since 1997, and is a “producer only” venue. Everything at the market was grown or produced by the vendor, whose product comes from within a 50-mile radius of the town.  The market is open year-round on Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and features fresh North Carolina seafood from Hook and Larder, goat dairy products from Celebrity Dairy, and high-quality, naturally raised beef from Lilly Den Farm. Solstice Herb Farm’s wares include medicinal and culinary herbs, a handcrafted apothecary-formulated body care line, and heirloom varieties of produce. The market also showcases fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms from local CSA farms. 

Chatham Mills Farmers Market is open Saturdays and has a seasonal calendar (April-October, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; November-January, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.).  Found in Historic Chatham Mills in downtown Pittsboro, this market boasts a variety of permanent and guest vendors, spotlighting one of the latter each week in their newsletter. Chatham Park residents will find everything from organic produce, local meats, and fresh eggs to handmade crafts, preserves, and baked goods. CATHIS Farm out of Lillington provides organic-fed, pasture-raised pork, lamb, chicken, turkey meats, and eggs while The Yeast Roll Company sells their hot, baked-fresh rolls. You can also grab something sweet from Carolina Cravings Co. or enjoy themed events like “Pie Day,” an annual throw-down of homemade pies complete with bake sale and tasting contest. Check out their website for a free “Recipe of the Week” and keep up to date on events like the seasonal “Plant Sale Days.”

If Thursdays or Saturdays aren’t convenient for you, spend some time on Tuesday at the Fearrington Farmers Market which is conveniently located at Fearrington Village.  Another “producer-only” market, it is open during Daylight Savings (March-November) from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. When winter rolls around, it is open from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.  This market is in its 30th season with over three dozen full-time vendors.  The Barking Bedlie offers all-natural dog treats, Chatham Cider Works sells their small-batch hard ciders (made with local apples), Sour Bakery provides their wild yeast-based breads and pastries, and Valley View Farm out of Chapel Hill has local, all-natural Angus Beef and Pork products. A few helpful tips include bringing cash as not all vendors accept card or checks, signing up for their weekly newsletter, and checking out their website’s map of weekly vendors to make completing your shopping list a breeze.

Also, don’t forget CSA farms In Good Heart Farm, Granite Springs Farm, and Copeland Springs Farm & Kitchen. Most of the season’s slots fill up quickly but offer different options on pickup locations and times. Some of them set up booths at one of the local farmers markets but investing in a share of seasonal harvests with your community is an excellent way to ensure you always have ripe local produce!  

Our proximity to farm fresh produce and ethically raised meat and dairy products is another example of our commitment to our pillars by providing our Chatham Park residents with Healthy Balance options.


Chatham Park Developer donates Knight Farm Community Park to the Town of Pittsboro

Knight Farm Community Park, located in the new home community, Vineyards at Chatham Park, opened to the public on Memorial Day Weekend. A ceremony was held on May 27th in which the park was donated to the town of Pittsboro by Preston Development Company, the developers of Chatham Park. During the ceremony, officials activated the colorful water fountain splash pad with a giant 6-foot switch. 

“We thank very much Chatham Park and Preston Development for the work that went into this park,” said James Nass, Mayor of Pittsboro. “We are glad to take it over as a town park now and add that to our parks and recreation inventory.”

The 10-acre park is one part of roughly 2,000 acres planned to be dedicated to open space, parks, and walking trails within the Chatham Park community.  Knight Farm Community Park’s amenities boast whimsical playhouse equipment, a dragon-shaped climbing gym, and a natural playground where guests can experience live-edge tree trunk balance beams and slide through a rock garden. Additional features include a measured walking trail on the perimeter, a large multi-use field, a splash pad, and a dog park. A covered pavilion provides public restrooms and several picnic tables. Plenty of unused space remains available within the park for upgrades and future developments as the town of Pittsboro grows and expands.  

Located at 362 Vine Parkway near the Chatham Park Info Center, park operating hours during the summer are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.


Chatham Park Offers Residents Solar Power Options from Strata Clean Energy

As our country’s energy needs evolve, increased energy efficiency in residential homes is a critically important goal.  Chatham Park, a technology-centric neighborhood in Pittsboro, N.C., is at the forefront of innovations to increase the energy efficiency of residential homes.  The neighborhood is based upon five pillars which set forth the neighborhood’s values, and one of the most important of these pillars is innovation – using clean, cutting-edge technologies to build a better world.  In furtherance of these values, Chatham Park has been working with Strata Clean Energy to provide more energy-efficient options to Pittsboro residents.

Strata Clean Energy (formerly known as Strata Solar) provides features to reduce home energy usage and reduce pollution through solar energy, and its technologies are the perfect complement to Chatham Park’s commitment to Innovation and Stewardship.  

In particular, Chatham Park and Strata have teamed up to develop Tinker Farm, a 45-acre solar farm off Moncure-Pittsboro Road that can generate up to 5-megawatts of power.  Completely connected to the grid, Tinker Farm supplies sustainable energy to approximately 750 homes in the Pittsboro area. 

The energy generated by Tinker Farm is sent straight to Duke Energy’s power grid to provide immediate energy to those 750 houses – some of which are in Chatham Park – meaning that less energy is required from non-renewable energy sources.  “Chatham Park has made a commitment to environmental, economic, and social sustainability, and Strata is thrilled to be able to bring our experience to help realize this commitment,” said Director of Community Outreach Ashly Johnson of Strata Clean Energy. 

The development of Tinker Farm has shown the positive impact that Strata desires to leave wherever solar farms are utilized.  Not only does Tinker Farm provide clean energy to power homes in Chatham Park, but the entire system is built to help both plant and animal life to thrive.  For example, Tinker Farm includes native grasses, wildflowers, and white clover, contributing to the pollination process, providing food for bees, and providing nitrogen to enrich the quality of the soil.

“At Chatham Park, we believe that clean, sustainable technology can improve landscapes to create an environmentally-conscious community,” said Executive Vice President Vanessa Jenkins of Preston Development.  “We welcome the inclusion of solar resources and solar technology to our homes and amenities.”

Chatham Park’s vision of Innovation and Stewardship is quickly becoming a reality. Enjoying the benefits of solar energy and the satisfaction in preventing pollution is made possible for Chatham Park homeowners with the help of Strata Clean Energy.


Chatham Park Implements ecoSelect® Plus into Its New Community of Homes

As Chatham Park furthers its plans for expansion in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the quality standards remain a high priority for the development team. One area of focus is clean technology. Chatham Park seeks to attract people and businesses who are committed to conserving resources and gaining a cleaner, greener lifestyle.  To help accomplish this, Chatham Park has partnered with Southern Energy Management to ensure the best quality of its homes by implementing ecoSelect® Plus, a program that focuses on increasing energy efficiency, provides support, and assures quality control and consumer confidence.

Southern Energy Management, a six-time Energy Star Partner of the Year, is on a mission to improve the way people make and use energy. The company is committed to high-performance utilities and building methods through the ecoSelect® program.

What makes ecoSelect® Plus stand apart from ecoSelect®? Chatham Park’s ecoSelect® Plus, developed by Southern Energy Management, is a customized version of the ecoSelect® program that has extra requirements specific to Chatham Park. 

Southern Energy Management explained several components of the ecoSelect® certification process: 

  • Quality assurance from third party inspections
  • High-performance building envelope that allows the insulation to better keep in heat during the winter and out during the warmer months
  • Programmable thermostats to keep buyers comfortable remotely
  • Energy-efficient lighting that provides 75%-80% energy saving and longer life than traditional lightbulbs
  • High-efficiency HVAC units that are tested after installation to ensure quiet and efficient operation
  • Reduced water usage from ecoSelect® fixtures that save water without sacrificing performance
  • Solar evaluation that helps the buyer take his or her next steps toward energy independence
  • Fresh air ventilation that removes stale air and introduces new air through a controlled system

Once a home has been tested by a Southern Energy Management energy rater and has completed the certification process, the home will receive a performance label including the energy efficiency features, the average estimated monthly energy cost, and The HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index.  

“The HERS index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance,” according to RESNET. 

A low HERS Index score assures your home is using less energy and is more affordable.   To date, the homes constructed at Chatham Park are 34% more energy efficient than code homes because of the ecoSelectÆ Plus program implemented.

Another benefit to the ecoSelectÆ program is that it helps ensure the builders can participate in local initiatives with Duke Energy Progress such as DEP HERO.  These efforts raise the standards even more with regards to addressing water efficiency and indoor air quality of the home. 

As Southern Energy Management seeks to improve its customer satisfaction, changes are regularly made to the ecoSelect® program. Changes to the ecoSelect® program within the last year include advanced framing and insulated corners, lowered duct leakage maximum, simplified Energy Star appliance requirement, and efficient lighting requirement increase.

The many elements of the ecoSelect® Plus program are significant draws to Chatham Park homes. A one-page qualification checklist and minimum administrative work required by homebuilders give buyers peace of mind, as well as confidence in the high-quality safety standards of their Chatham Park home.  To show the overall impact of this program at Chatham Park, neighborhood results including the average community HERS index score and the average household savings, will be measured and shared on a regular basis.  

While Chatham Park advances in its plans for home development, Southern Energy Management is giving the homes of Chatham Park a refined quality standard that will leave buyers craving an ecoSelect® Plus certified home.


Garman Homes Breaks Ground on America At Home Study Concept Home

After months of planning and research, Garman Homes – a member of the builder team in Chatham Park, Pittsboro, NC – is breaking ground on a new concept home created as a result of the America At Home Study. This national survey of adults ages 25-74 with annual household incomes of $50,000 or more, was conducted in two waves during the pandemic to gain a better understanding of all that new home and community design requires in a post-pandemic world. Insights from 7,000 participating consumers culminated in this original floor plan, named “No Little Plans –Barnaby,” that will debut in Chatham Park later this year.

When the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down in 2020, economists began introducing theories and projections about the pandemic’s economic effects on society. The medical field researched the toll these changes would take on mental health including suicide and depression rates. However, the way Americans feel about their homes and community in this “new normal” and how it would change the way Americans view and feel about their home received little attention. Lifestyles had changed overnight as jobs and educational efforts went virtual, converting spaces in the home into offices and classrooms. Entertaining areas were transformed into meccas for board games, craft projects, and newly discovered hobbies. And outdoor living became safe havens to enjoy some fresh air and a little nature. Three women leaders in the home building industry Belinda Sward, Nancy Keenan, and Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki took the initiative to explore these changes through the America At Home Survey. They then invited Alaina Money-Garman, founder and CEO of Garman Homes, and set out to design and now build a concept home in Chatham Park. 

“Inspired by consumer insights from the America At Home Study, the concept home is believed to be the first home intentionally designed in response to the radical changes spurred by the pandemic. Special attention was paid to the entries of the home – both for owners and guests because they need to perform differently, and to the functionality and natural light in the kitchen. The home includes two separate office spaces, neither one simply a re-purposed bedroom. There is a guest suite and two covered outdoor spaces for safe social gathering. This home is the collective effort of the founders of the study and Dahlin Group Architecture Planning (architect), Garman Homes (builder), and Cecilian Partners (digital customer experience).” – 

The America At Home concept home, “No Little Plans – Barnaby” is part of Garman’s new NONFICTION brand that features the Quotables Collection. This collection includes four floor plans and can be expected for presentation this year in Vineyards at Chatham Park.

“Chatham Park is honored to feature the concept home for the America At Home Study,” said Executive Vice President of Preston Development Vanessa Jenkins. “Our community vision is to showcase homes that consider how we live now and, in the future, rather than what our standards have been in the past. We could not think of a better example than the Barnaby concept home from Garman homes.” 

Chatham Park’s dedication and commitment to research, technology, and well-rounded living – shown in their five pillars: Innovation, Connectivity, Quality Design, Wellness, and Stewardship – are exemplified by Garman’s involvement in the America At Home Study. As Chatham Park works with Garman Homes to develop America At Home-inspired houses, the community continues to aspire to create spaces where people look forward to live, work, play, shop and dine at home, or within minutes of home.


Chatham Park: Shaping the Community with the Help of Local Artists

In the heart of Pittsboro, North Carolina, Chatham Park is a developing community that gives everyone space for daily life, both work and play.  All 7,068 acres are providing new avenues for its residents to flourish including new businesses, new schools, new jobs, new homes, and a new spotlight on the local art scene.  As Chatham Park grows, local artists are given a larger opportunity to share their work with the surrounding region. 

Art is an integral part of the Chatham Park community. Most local parks and recreation areas install typical trashcans, water tanks, and benches, into their landscape, diminishing the natural beauty of the location. Chatham Park plans to transform elements of everyday life into art pieces in order to create aesthetically pleasing and useable spaces for its community. Distinctive installations of art will be used to define the boundaries and many entrances to Chatham Park and its neighborhoods. Other infrastructure elements such as roadways, bridges, stair towers, and community building entrances are designed to become iconic symbols within the Pittsboro art community.  Street furnishings like bike racks and signage will also be taken advantage of to give locals a taste of Pittsboro artists’ unique work.

The process of choosing whose art will be showcased in Chatham Park can be complex. Each site plan submitted for consideration to the developers of Chatham Park must include a “public art statement” that describes how the art will be used in the development of the site.  Art placement, architectural enhancements, and site design elements are three of the areas considered when looking at possible contenders. 

“It’s a matter of embracing the artisan community that’s already here and doing our best to give them another platform,” said Debbie Andelton of the Chatham Park team.

Chatham Park’s development is hinged on its five pillars: Innovation, Connectivity, Quality Design, Healthy Balance, and Stewardship. As Chatham Park continues to develop its community, Stewardship and Quality Design have become major driving forces in their display and support of local art.

“We balance the serene beauty of our natural landscape with open community spaces featuring inspiring manmade art and architecture,” said the Chatham Park design team with regards to the pillar of Stewardship.  

Chatham Park will showcase local Pittsboro artists’ pieces in galleries and featured displays such as sculptures, lobby presentations, and streetscapes.


Chatham Park Connectivity

We understand how important it is to stay connected in today’s virtual world as most of our lives have been relocated to our homes.  Back-to-back video calls now crowd our daily schedules with screen sharing fumbles livening up our digital presentations.  In the background, our children communicate with their teachers and classmates through a variety of inventive educational methods.  The doorbell sharply rings as your grocery order was delivered and you just received a text that your parents want to FaceTime…for the fourth time this week.  Life definitely has it challenges right now but when you choose to live in Chatham Park, the ability to connect and meet the demands of our current normal will not be one of them.  

As a part of our pursuit for Connectivity, Chatham Park offers 5G Fiber Internet from CenturyLink® (now Lumen Technologies) to each of its residents.  We make sure that each home is pre-wired with CenturyLink® “ON”, and WIFI is ready and waiting the first day you move in.  

“As seasoned developers, we always want to consider the needs of those who call our communities home,” says Executive Vice President Vanessa Jenkins of Preston Development Company.  “As our lives become more and more virtual, we knew that offering the ability to connect easily and efficiently was one of our top priorities for all of Chatham Park.”

Whether you are working from home, experiencing distance learning, or just staying in touch with family and friends, you need High Speed Internet that is fast and productive.  This development is just another part of our commitment to a new kind of community that we are building.  Discover a neighborhood where your challenges are met, your expectations are exceeded, and your life is fulfilled.  Discover Chatham Park.  


Cottages Earn Gold & Silver Awards at Parade of Homes

Two cottages in Chatham Park’s first residential neighborhood, Vineyards, were awarded by the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties (HBADOC) on October 1. The Apple Pie and Chicken Noodle Soup models took home Gold and Silver honors, respectively, and they’re both part of the Cottages Collection from Fresh Paint by Garman Homes. Homes in this collection range from 828-1,397 sq. ft. and are priced from the low $200s.

“We could not be more excited about our first completed homes winning awards of excellence. The Parade of Homes is quite competitive, and awards are coveted. Fresh Paint by Garman Homes has been a great partner and we look forward to working with them more in the future,” says Vanessa Jenkins, Executive Vice President, Preston Development Company. 

Alaina Money Garman, Founder and CEO of Cary-based Garman Homes adds, “It is such an honor to have two of our newest floor plans in the 2020 Parade of Homes and an even greater honor to have them both win an award. Our team has worked hard to create something unique for the Triangle marketplace, it’s great to have that work recognized by the judges.”

In addition to being recognized by industry judges, these homes are clearly attractive to today’s consumers, too. Homes have been selling fast, with the majority of available homes already purchased. The size, style and location of the cottages capitalize on a larger consumer trend that shows people are favoring smaller homes in order to enjoy greater peripheral benefits like walkability and a greater sense of community. 

“More and more people are purging their clutter and desiring spaces that are artfully designed to the way they want to live. The Cottages celebrate this lifestyle choice,” says Rebecca McAdoo, Division President of Fresh Paint by Garman Homes.


Teaming Up for Cottage and Custom Home Sales

One of the Triangle’s most respected real estate marketing experts, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land, has joined Preston Development Company to handle onsite sales for the award-winning homes in Chatham Park.

Some of the first homes that Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land will help sell are located in Vineyards, the first residential Chatham Park Community. This area will offer approximately 550 single-family detached homes and townhomes for sale. Among these first offerings will be 28 traditional, custom single-family home sites with prices starting in the mid $600s along with 30 cottages (850-1,250 square feet) starting from mid $200s. This enclave of homes comprises the heart of Chatham Park and was selected for its lifestyle assets and walkability to Downtown Pittsboro. 

“We have a 25 year working relationship with Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land. They have successfully helped us sell residential real estate in many of our communities throughout the Triangle metro area,” says Bubba Rawl, Partner in Preston Development Company, the development company spearheading Chatham Park. “We are thrilled that they will be leading the sales effort for our first Chatham Park homes and look forward to continued growth and success.”

Preston Development Company is one of the premier property development teams in the nation, known for planning and executing projects of the utmost quality, especially with high-end residential communities. Combining their development expertise with the sales and marketing savvy of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land will generate excitement and strong sales around Chatham Park cottages, townhomes and custom homes.